Celebrating National Night Out
in Columbus are joining forces with communities throughout Ohio and the Nation
for the 34th Annual National Night Out crime and drug prevention program.
Residents will have a chance to get outside and interact with neighbors, police
officers and community leaders this evening, Tuesday, August 1.
“We enjoy engaging with residents in
their neighborhoods,” said Councilmember Mitchell Brown, chair of the Public Safety
Committee. “This is also a great opportunity for our law-enforcement officers
and neighbors to strengthen and build their relationships within the
National Night Out is
sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch (NATW) nationally and
locally by the Columbus Division of Police.
More than 150 community events are planned throughout the City including live
music, porch light vigils and cookouts.
This event is designed to send
a message to criminals that neighborhoods are fighting back by promoting
police-community partnerships; heighten crime, drug and violence awareness;
generate support for anti-crime efforts; and build neighborhood unity.
“National Night Out is a great
way to get to know others in your community and have fun,” said Council
President Zach Klein. “When neighbors are able to meet
and connect with one another and the officers that serve them, Columbus becomes
safer and stronger.”
NATW is a nonprofit, crime
prevention organization that works in cooperation with thousands of crime watch
groups and law enforcement agencies throughout the country. Since 1981,
NATW has been dedicated to the development, growth and maintenance of organized
crime and drug prevention programs nationwide.
Citizens are encouraged to
contact their local Blockwatch leaders or community liaison officers to find events
in their communities.